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Team Bath deliver early Christmas present

The annual Blue and Gold tri-tournament – taking place at the Team Bath Arena on Saturday 15 December – will, for a second successive year, be broadcast to a national audience on the BBC Sport website and app.

The full event, which sees an exciting new-look Team Bath squad take on benecosMavericks and Surrey Storm, will then be available to watch in full on the BBC iPlayer for the following 30 days.

Team Bath Netball Head Coach Jess Thirlby said: “It is fantastic to be working with the BBC again to provide netball with such a great platform ahead of what is sure to be a memorable 2019.

“Not only do we have what looks set to be an ultra-competitive Vitality Superleague season to look forward to in the New Year but there is the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, which is also being shown live on BBC Sport.

“The tri-tournament is an important stage of our pre-season preparations, giving us a final opportunity to try out combinations in a competitive match-day environment against top-quality opposition before the Superleague begins in January.

The tri-tournament, which gets under way at 2pm, will be a first run-out at the Team Bath Arena in four years for England superstar Serena Guthrie following her high-profile return to the Blue & Gold after a stellar spell in New Zealand and Australia.

She will be joined on court by fellow Commonwealth Games champion Eboni Usoro-Brown, one of a number of experienced senior players in the squad along with Mia Ritchie and Rachel Shaw.

Summer Artman, Laura Rudland and Amanda Varey are back in Blue & Gold after spells away, while it is a first opportunity for Wales international Leila Thomas and Australian duo Beryl Friday and Kim Commane to experience playing in front of the Team Bath crowd.

Completing the Sitec-sponsored squad are the exciting young talents of Imogen Allison, Chartie Curtis, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis and Abi Robson.

There will be some familiar faces amongst the opposition on Saturday, with Mavericks including the Corbin sisters – Kadeen and Sasha – in their squad along with University of Bath Natural Sciences student Tash Pavelin, who is on a year-long placement.

University of Bath graduates Nicole Humphreys and Yasmin Parsons, both of whom have played in Superleague for the Blue & Gold, are in the Surrey Storm squad.

Doors open at 1pm on Saturday and the BBC coverage, featuring Jennie Gow as lead commentator, begins at 1.55pm. Team Bath face Storm in the opening match at 2pm, then Storm take on Mavericks at 3.15pm before an action-packed afternoon concludes with the Blue & Gold against Mavericks at 4.30pm.

The live stream will be available by clicking here.

Remaining tickets for the tri-tournament are available at netball.teambath.com along with tickets for the 2019 Superleague and a new range of merchandise.

Tri-tournament squads for Saturday

Team Bath Netball: Imogen Allison, Summer Artman, Kim Commane, Chartie Curtis, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, Beryl Friday, Serena Guthrie, Abi Robson, Mia Ritchie, Laura Rudland, Rachel Shaw, Leila Thomas, Eboni Usoro-Brown, Amanda Varey.

benecosMavericks: Karyn Bailey, Steph Collard, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Beth Ecuyer Dale, George Fisher, Georgia Lees, Lindsay Keable, Gabby Marshall, Dani McFarlane, Lauren Nicholls, Tash Pavelin.

Surrey Storm: Mikki Austin, Sigi Burger, Jessica Dale, Rhea Dixon, Leah Goss, Emily Gulvin, Yasmin Hodge England, Katy Holland, Nicole Humphreys, Lorraine Koweleska, Laura Morton, Yasmin Parsons, Emily Porter, Alima Priest.

Photo credit: Clare Green for Matchtight

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benecosMavericks head to MK

Director of Netball, Kat Ratnapala, will take benecosMavericks to Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Monday 15th April 2019, to take on new opposition for the club’s annual showcase event.

The new season sees benecosMavericks meet 2018 Vitality Netball Superleague champions Wasps in a clash that is set to be an outstanding match. This game will also have the added interest of seeing the Corbin sisters playing together alongside their fellow Vitality Rose & ex Wasps shooter George Fisher.

Kat Ratnapala said: “I am really excited to bring netball to Marshall Arena and to Milton Keynes in 2019. Having connections to Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, there is a huge population of netballers at both grassroots and performance level.”

Gloria Keech, Franchise Director, said: “We’re really delighted that we have the opportunity to take the Vitality Netball Superleague to a new area giving both existing fans and new ones the opportunity to experience the action and also giving us the opportunity to showcase netball in the Marshall Arena, another new venue for benecosMavericks.”

Make sure you grab your tickets early and join us at this new venue for netball and enjoy a top class Vitality Netball Superleague spectacle – buy your tickets here!

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Umpires Appointed to 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague

England Netball is delighted to confirm the final group of umpires who will officiate in the 2019 Vitality Netball Superleague.

The final squad was selected based on match assessment data from England Netball leagues and competitions, and on international matches.

All umpires selected will now take part in a performance camp in early January which will provide them with an opportunity to upskill on a number of topics.

Returning for her ninth season, four-time Vitality Netball Superleague Grand Final umpire Jackie Mizon said: “I’m excited for the challenge that umpiring in this league brings, especially in a World Cup year.

“Teams have consolidated and grown to make the league stronger than ever and I’m very proud to continue being actively involved.”

Commenting on his re-inclusion in the squad, Chris Molloy said: “I am delighted to be back in the squad after a year away.

“I came out of the league after the 2017 season as I couldn’t commit the time required due to a number of responsibilities in my life away from netball.

“I knew I needed to fall back in love with the sport and umpiring so I went back to where it all began, my local regional league.

“I was back in my comfort zone and my only focus was to get back out there and enjoy my umpiring again.

“Previously I was focused on what everyone else was doing and not my own performances and development.

“I think this approach puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on you as an individual.

“I started enjoying it again with the sole focus on what I could do to get back on track not worrying about others.

“That obviously showed as I was identified again at the NPL tournament in the summer with the assessors commenting that it was the best they had seen me umpire.

“I was never focused on the Vitality Netball Superleague just doing the best for me so being selected was an added bonus!”

Returning to the Vitality Netball Superleague following maternity leave, Natalie Gregan said: “After having two seasons out of the Vitality Netball Superleague because of my pregnancy, I am delighted to have been included as part of this year’s squad of umpires.

“I have been in constant communication with my umpiring mentor throughout my maternity to ensure that I was prepared to take to the court again and am up to date with how the game has changed.

“I cannot wait to get started and be back doing what I am passionate about.

“I am so grateful to my family for the support they give me to allow me to do everything that I love – I could not do it without them.

“Bring on VNSL 2019, I want to show my little boy just what his mummy can do!”

One of the newest additions to the group, Sarah Drake from Yorkshire, commented: “My aim was to make the longlist for the 2019 VNSL squad so this is a massive bonus.

“I’ve worked really hard and put in the hours with my mentors in Yorkshire and I’m proud to have got to this level so soon.”

The Vitality Netball Superleague will run concurrently with the U21 and U19 leagues which will provide a better opportunity for an interchange of umpires between these competitions.

Vitality Netball Superleague Assessors will be on hand to provide support and feedback to all umpires to ensure a consistently high standard of performance with a focus on developing the next generation of umpires.

The new season begins with Super 10 at the Arena Birmingham on the 5th January 2019 – get tickets to see all 10 teams go head-to-head!

Alison Harrison IUA Wales
Chris Molloy WM
Chris Obin S
Gary Burgess IUA E
Ian Fuller IUA WM
Jackie Mizon IUA E
James Thomas ITID SW
Jemma Cook IUA Australia
Jenny Fissenden L&SE
Joanne Lilly ITID Scotland
Julie Wilks S
Kate Mann EM
Kate Stephenson IUA EM
Louise Travis IUA E
Natalie Gregan NW
Rachael Radford Y&H
Rhian Edwards Wales
Sarah Drake Y&H
Stuart McErlain Naylor EM

 

All appointments are made pending submission of the required fitness scores (9.1 Multi-stage Fitness Test or 15.1 Yoyo Intermittent Recovery Test).

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Robinson and Varey confirmed!

Rising star Abi Robson and experienced international Amanda Varey are the two latest players to be confirmed in the Team Bath Netball squad for the 2019 Vitality Superleague season.

Nineteen-year-old Robson, a Geography student at the University of the West of England in Bristol, made her Superleague debut last season and plays at both wing-defence and centre.

She has international age-group experience with England, helping both the U17 and U21 teams to victory in Netball Europe competitions and touring New Zealand with the Roses at U19 level.

“I learnt so much during my first season and I’m looking forward to gaining more opportunities in the year ahead. It is a great squad to be part of, everyone gets on so well, and it is an incredible training environment.”

Varey – who played for Wales at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – is returning for her fourth spell with Team Bath having previously won the Superleague title in Blue & Gold in 2010 and 2013.

The wing-attack spent last season with Celtic Dragons but continued to do some of her training at the University of Bath and is thrilled to be back in the colours she first represented 12 years ago while combining netball with studying Pharmacy.

“I feel incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to be back in the Blue & Gold dress this season,” said Varey, who is now Lead Critical Care Pharmacist at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath.

Jess Thirlby, Head Netball Coach for Team Bath, added: “Abi is one of our bright young talents and has been improving year on year for the last few seasons. She has a great attitude to learning, a great work ethic and she leads by example.

“Abi is a determined defender who applies herself to any challenge thrown at her. She is a great role model for all those athletes in our Academy and beyond, and has a bright future with this team.

“We are so pleased to welcome Amanda back after spending time with Celtic Dragons to support her national squad aspirations with Wales, which we are very proud of. She is one of the longest serving and most loyal Team Bath players of all time.

See Team Bath in action at Super 10 – get your squad together and head to the season opener on Saturday 5th January 2019 at Arena Birmingham!

You can view all Team Bath home games and ticket information at netball.teambath.com/tickets